Kit Harington, the best known for the role of Jon Snow in the HBO show Game of Thrones finally opened up about joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Game of Thrones finished its airing in 2019.
Soon after Game of Thrones aired its last episode, Marvel officially announced Eternals and its star-filled cast that also included Harington, and Richard Madden, who also starred in Game of Thrones. Although it was confirmed that Harington will play Dane Whitman, his character was mostly kept under the veil of secrets.
But now, in an exclusive interview for Variety, Harington revealed how it was leaving Game of Thrones behind and joining Marvel Cinematic Universe:
“I don’t think you get to choose when these things come along. Like, if Marvel calls up, and they say, we’ve got this interesting character for you, would you be interested in being in this movie…? I mean, my process was it’d been about a year and a half since I’d filmed “Thrones.” It seemed like an interesting character and an amazing universe, and that seemed like a no brainer to me. I’ve got nothing against possibly long-running franchises and being in them. They’ve done very well for me! I’ve really enjoyed it. So it wasn’t a very difficult decision to make. Once I saw what they were planning with this — the director, it’s Marvel, the character’s cool — it was pretty easy decision.”
Harington also revealed how it was working with Richard Madden again after Game of Thrones:
“Yeah, if you add up all the scenes that me and Richard have shot in anything, “Thrones” and this, I think it comes in at about four scenes. […] We had a big hug. We’ve been close friends for a long time. We had a shared experience of “Thrones” in the first three seasons — the three seasons that Richard was in — where it sort of blew up and became this Goliath of a show. And, you know, we were both 23. We’d kind of came up together and that creates quite a special bond. So actually, we have a very close friendship, but screen time doesn’t reflect that.”
Directed by Chloe Zhao, Eternals is the third movie of MCU Phase 4. First reviews from the critics were mixed, and it received the lowest Rotten Tomatoes score of all the MCU movies. The movie will hit theaters worldwide on November 5.